Manuscript Guidelines

Please be sure that your manuscript includes the following mandatory components before submission:

  1. Abstract. (max. 200 words).
  2. Keywords. (between 5 and 7 keywords). At least 2 words should be from the official list terminology used by the International Couoncil of Onomastics (ICOS). See the list of Terminology provided on this website.
  3. Manuscript. (general introduction; methods; results; discussion; conclusion; references).
  4. Funding details. In the event your research was funded, please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies using the following phrasing:
     For single agency grants
    "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."                                                                                                                                                                                     For multiple agency grants
    "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx]."                                                                                                                                                                                 If no such funding was used to finance your research, this element may be omitted from your manuscript.
  5. Disclosure statements. These sections are used to acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research; or the use of computer generated artificial intelligence tools or technology (AI-TT).  For guidance on how to write these statements, see the journal Style Sheet.

In addition to the above-mentioned mandatory elements, manuscripts may also include the following optional elements:

  1. Graphic  elements. Charts, fugures, tables, maps, graphs, photographs, etc. may be included in your manuscript.  However, they must be formatted in accordance with the NAMES Style Sheet. Authors may be required to pay a fee for color reproductions of graphic elements in the print version of their manuscript.  For more information, see "Publication Charges".
  2. Endnotes.  A limited number of concisely written informational notes may be included. Footnotes are NOT allowed.
  3. Supplemental resources. Readers may be directed to explore supplemental materials for your manuscript. Simply provide author contact details or links for interested readers to consult.  Authors are solely responsible for the storage, care, upkeep, and accuracy of these materials.
  4. Third-party material. Authors alone carry the legal responsibility for obtaining the necessary persmissions to re-use third-party material.

IMPORTANT WARNING: Before submitting a manuscript, please be sure that the names and affiliations of the author(s) have been completely removed from the text.  The submission system has been designed to internally track the identity of the designated authors without revealing this information to the reviewers.  It is imperative that prospective authors ensure that their manuscripts are free of personal identifiers for the double blind review process.  Manuscripts that violate this regulation may be immediately rejected during the preliminary control checks. Only after a manuscript has been formally accepted for publication will authors be asked to include the following information on their manuscripts:

  1. Author details. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation as they wish them to appear on the final publication. One author must be identified as the corresponding author with an email address. Authors' affiliations are the institutions where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given.
  2. Note on Contributor(s). For each author, a concise biographical note written in complete prose will be required. This description can be adapted from your departmental website or academic networking profile and should be relatively brief (max 150 words).

Before you submit your manuscript, be sure to consult the Submission Checklist to make sure you have met all of the publication requirements.  Failure to meet these requirements may result in immediate manuscript rejection.  In addition, authors are expected to have read the terms outlined in the journal's Publication Policy. Formal submission of a manuscript for possible publication will be understood as authorial understanding of and agreement with the terms contained in the Publication Policy. 

If you have any questions about the manuscript preparation, submission, review, revision, or publication process, please feel free to contact the  NAMES Editor-in-Chief, Dr. I. M. Nick via the following email address: